Category Archives: For Restaurants

Growing Grains Locally

One Monadnock Member chef asked about local grains – and we want to ask you: Are there any Monadnock Region farmers experimenting with growing grains?

Farms Outside Our Region Growing Grains:

Interested In Growing Grains? 

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2nd Annual Dine Out for Farms™ Week to Take Place Oct. 16-22

CONTACT: Jennifer Morrill at 202-378-1255, jmorrill@farmland.org

Restaurants across the country eager to show their support for local farms and food have begun enrolling in American Farmland Trust’s 2nd annual Dine Out for Farms™ event, which will take place October 16-22, 2011.

Dine Out for Farms™ is a national, weeklong event that brings together restaurants and consumers to support a sustainable future for America’s farms. Participating restaurants educate their customers about the importance of farms, while raising funds to protect farmland from sprawling development.

“We’re thrilled that restaurants across America are showing their commitment to local farms and ranches by participating in Dine Out for Farms™,” said Jane Kirchner, senior director of Marketing and Communications for American Farmland Trust.  “Many chefs and restaurant owners get it that protecting local farms is key to serving up the delicious, locally grown foods that customers crave.  Saving farms is a cause that everyone in the restaurant industry can get behind.”

Restaurants can participate in Dine Out for Farms™ with a special dish, by donating a percentage of sales, or by making a straight donation. Participants receive a suite of educational materials that encourage consumers to dine out often and make a difference.

To date, seven restaurants that participated in last year’s inaugural Dine Out for Farms™ have re-enrolled, including The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm in Lovettsville, VA; Cock & Bowl in Occoquan, VA; The Supper Club Greensburg Train Station in Greensburg, PA; Ray’s Boathouse Café and Catering in in Seattle, WA; Full Circle Catering in Lexington, VA; The Sheppard Inn in Hanover, PA; and Founding Farmers in Washington, DC.

Restaurants interested in learning more about Dine Out for Farms™ can go to www.farmland.org/dineout and click on “enroll” or contact Gretchen Hoffman at 202-378-1251 or ghoffman@farmland.org.Individuals interested in recruiting their favorite farm-friendly restaurant for Dine Out for Farms™ can click on “get involved.”

When eating out, do you know where your food comes from? Real Time Farms does.

Eat Out With Confidence: Nationwide Launch of Tools That Tell The Story of Every Ingredient

Posted on May 9, 2011 by cararosaen

“There’s Michelin and there’s Zagat. Neither of them tell you where your food is coming from. Real Time Farms does.

Now any eatery (from the hipster food truck to the dorm food menus of your alma mater) can tell the story of the farms and food artisans that supply their menu. Curious how the beef in your favorite dive bar hamburger was raised. Click on “hamburger” and see pictures of the cow in the pasture and read about how the cow was raised. Feeling good about what you are eating just got a whole lot simpler.”

Read more… Real Time Farms blog

Interested in joining the movement to increase transparency about where your food is coming from?  Contact Real Time Farms and become a member!

Here’s how:   Become a Member

We Feel Inspired

By Jen Risley

We feel inspired – inspired by you: the eaters of the Monadnock Region.  Three-quarters of you answered our 2010 survey and said supporting local businesses and agriculture is very important to you.  This inspired us to move forward with a program that will empower you to put your money where your mouth is: The Monadnock Menus Program.

The Monadnock Menus Program has a full plate of goals – to create a community where local food is easy to find, increase the number of restaurants and cafeterias serving local food, and encourage more of us to choose local food wherever we happen to eat.  As we develop this program we glean ideas and resources from other programs such as the Vermont Fresh Network, New Hampshire Farm to Restaurant Connection, and Monadnock Matchmaker Event.

Vermont Fresh Network
Founded in 1995, the Vermont Fresh Network (VFN) brings farmers, food producers and chefs together and encourages them to build partnerships.  Participants throughout the state join by making a “handshake agreement” to buy from or sell to a number of VFN members on a regular basis. VFN then fosters these relationships by creating materials to help eaters identify members (a dining guide and window decal), hosting dinners at member restaurants to showcase farmer-chef connections, and offering a Matchmaker Event to introduce more wholesale buyers and sellers to one another.

New Hampshire Farm to Restaurant Connection
In our state, we have the New Hampshire Farm to Restaurant Connection which hosts Growers Dinners highlighting the products grown and processed locally at restaurants throughout the state.  In 2010, there were five dinners including a benefit for the New Hampshire Food Bank.  Wouldn’t it be great if a restaurant in our Monadnock Region hosted a Growers Dinner in 2011?

Monadnock Matchmaker Event
For two years, the Monadnock Matchmaker Event connects local farmers, chefs, retailers and distributors in our region – think of it as speed dating for farmers.  Last year 60 local food wholesale buyers and sellers, volunteers, and interested community members came to the event to develop new and stronger relationships and bring more local food to you.

Now it’s time for Monadnock Menus to move forward using the momentum gained from the work above plus the work of many other individuals, organizations and businesses who make our local food system stronger.  Stay tuned for phase two of Monadnock Menus – and keep your eye out for the Monadnock Menus sticker in some of your favorite restaurants in our region.

Monadnock Menus is a volunteer based program working with the community and local restaurant owners to enhance and establish relationships between consumers, farmers and restaurants to promote the use of locally produced products.

Eat and Serve Local This Holiday Season!

By Jessica Skinner

Do you know of a restaurant in the Monadnock Region that is dedicated to serving local food and supporting farmers in our community?  Reply to this post and let us know who we could all connect with!

Are you a consumer interested in eating out at least once over the holidays? Consider browsing through our website as well as some other publications to find a restaurant near you that is serving local food.  In addition to our website, check out the publication Our Local Table Monadnock found in hard copy around the region as well as online.  This is a great snapshot of stories from local producers, locations of farmer’s markets and farm stands, and information about CSA’s, or community supported agriculture.  Browse The Boneless Rib for restaurant reviews, visit the Monadnock Localvore facebook page for stories, or explore the Farm Map of the Monadnock Region found in the Resources section of our website.

Are you a restaurant looking to source more local produce?  Contact us and let us know what you’re looking for and we can help you make a direct connection.  The Farm Map also gives you information about what farms in our region are producing.  Consider submitting your information to a group called Vital Communities located in the Upper Valley of NH.  They put together a Valley Food and Farm Guide, which is made available to consumers all over the state!  This is not only a great way to promote the wonderful things you already do, but is a way to make connections with farmers, distributors and additional consumers.

We look forward to eating locally with you this season!  Visit our website regularly to read more stories about Local Food Heros and how you can support your local food economy!  Together, we can build the sustainable food system we envision for our future.

-The Monadnock Menus team

The berries are BLUE at Monadnock Berries

Interested in extending your berry season?  Monadnock Berries is selling this season’s blueberries frozen for $2.50/lb in 5/lb. & 10/lb. bags.  Find them at http://www.monadnockberries.com/, e-mail them at monadnockberries@gmail.com or give them a call! 242-6417.  Monadnock Berries is located in Troy, New Hampshire.  Have your ever purchased from Monadnock Berries?  Share your experience with us!

Local Harvest- real food, real farmers, real community

Interested in locating more locally produced goods with fewer phone calls or clicks of the mouse? Check out Local Harvest, a website of information about farms and what they’re offering.